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Geographic coordinates

18 00 S, 175 00 E

Area

Total: 18,270 sq km land: 18,270 sq km water

Coastline

1,129 km

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Terrain

Mostly mountains of volcanic origin Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Tomanivi 1,324 m

Natural resources

Timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil potential, hydropower

Land use

Arable land: 10% permanent crops: 4% permanent pastures: 10% forests and woodland: 65% other: 11% (1999 est.) Irrigated land: 10 sq km (1999 est.)

Time

Spanning the 180th meridian, which marks the course of the international dateline, Fiji is exactly 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 16 hours ahead of New York, 3 hours ahead of Tokyo, and two hours ahead of Sydney.

Climate

Fiji's climate is maritime tropical. Expect daytime temperatures ranging from 28 to 32 degrees Centigrade in the cooler season from May to November and warmer weather with temperatures a few degrees higher from December through April. The warmer weather also brings more rainfall, which usually takes the form of passing tropical showers.

Population

The population of Fiji is currently around 800,000 in a ratio of about 50 percent native Fijian to 46% of Indian origin. The remaining balance is Chinese, Europeans, and other Pacific Islanders.

Language

English is the official language of Fiji and is taught in the schools. Widely spoken are native Fijian dialects and Hindistani.

Useful Arrival Information

As visa and health requirements are subject to change without notice, we recommend that passengers verify existing foreign visa and health regulations prior to travel.

Entry requirements:

A valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for onward travel is required as well as sufficient funds. Visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 30 days for citizens of Commonwealth countries and nationals of: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Nauru, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, W.Samoa. Nationals of other countries require prearranged visas. Visas may be extended for up to six months on application to the Department of Immigration in Suva, Lautoka and Nadi.

Vaccinations

Yellow fever and Cholera vaccinations are only required if coming from an infected area.

Airport Tax

Visitors to Fiji are required to pay FD$ 20 departure tax in Fijian currency following check-in.

Electricity

The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50 HZ. Fiji has three pin power outlets identical to that in Australia and New Zealand. If your appliances are 110V check for a 110/240V switch; if there is none you will need a voltage converter. Leading hotels and resorts generally offer universal outlets of 240V or 110V shavers, hair dryer's etc.

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine whether to make a gratuity.

Fishing

Fishing in Fiji can be divided into a number of categories and appeals to different tastes. There is deep-sea game or sport fishing for such renowned game fish as Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin, Dog-Tooth Tuna, Shark, Wahoo, Giant Trevally and Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin fish). There is also fishing for ground fish which the whole family can enjoy in the shelter of the lagoon, and there is fishing from the shore, where the true angler casts his lure among patches of coral to hook such varieties as the powerful tropical Trevalleys, Barracuda, Queenfish, Coral Trout and the Spanish Mackerel.

Diving

It's not hyperbole to state that Fiji has some of the best diving in the world. Notably, the variety of soft coral is astounding. Fed by the rich nutrients streaming up from the Tongan Trench and influenced by several major rivers, the reef eco-system in the Fiji Islands is noted for its complex nature. Whereas, the Great Barrier Reef has a greater total diversity, mile for mile, it doesn't change very much. In Fiji, however, all you have to do is swim a few meters and likely as not you'll see any number of hard and soft corals, Sea Fans, dense schools of Fairy Basslets, and a few meters out it's not unusual to see schools of Barracuda. Other large creatures that can be seen include also Turtle, Dolphin, Mantas, and a wide variety of Sharks.


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